Heavy Heart Marathon
“The race to Jesus is one that requires endurance and strength. But, when we are wrestling with other, more prominent, things in our hearts then God is no longer our satisfying portion.”
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
“Weight” here is ‘ong’kos’ in Greek, meaning [burden, protuberance, prominence].
There may be a ‘weight’ in our heart that isn’t necessarily sin but not at all useful in the race to Jesus. The race to Jesus is one that requires endurance and strength. But, when we are wrestling with prominent things in our hearts then God is no longer our satisfying portion. When things in our hearts become more prominent than God’s own word and plan for our lives then we are in danger of failure in our race toward Jesus.
Men and women alike are in a race toward Jesus. However, I think Paul’s analogy of a runner in a race is focused more toward the men (especially during his time). Our brains receive more reward in conquering and competition than does the brain of a woman1. So, while the idea of “self-examination”, “quiet time”, “reflecting”, may not appeal as much to men as women, the reward of stopping and assessing for assured victory will. So can I ask you as a brother to “man up” and learn that assessing your heart and mind and submitting to God does in no way diminish your masculinity.
Today, take a few minutes and examine yourself. A.A. step four is to “make a searching and fearless moral inventory”. David writes, “Search me, O God and know my heart”. Ask God to reveal your mind and your heart, and remove all those things that are more prominent than He is in your life. In removing the weight from ourselves and giving it to God (through prayer, through counseling, through Scripture memory) we will have strength for today.
Can you take time today to examine yourself and give God the top spot in your heart?
Richard Sanchez, Major